Thank you to everyone who came out to our show "Off the Wall" back in February! Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors and everyone involved with making the show happen.
What's next for Underground? We have a few other tricks up our sleeves but the most recent event is taking place on April 26th! Underground is honored to be performing in "Shades of Black" in Boise, ID. It's a highly anticipated cultural showcase taking place at Boise State University. As an added bonus, it's FREE! For more information, check out the Facebook event page here:
Another HUGE announcement! UWD will be holding auditions for Underground's next season on AUGUST 16th!! So mark your calendars and check out the Facebook event page for more information:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Tickets are now only on sale at the ticket office.
You can arrive at 6:30pm tonight to purchase tickets.
315 S. 1500 E.
Marriott Center for Dance
University of Utah
6:30pm | ticket office opens
7:00pm | seating begins
7:30pm | Show starts
Posted by United We Dance at 2:08 PM
Saturday, February 22, 2014
SATURDAY TICKETS CAN ONLY BE BOUGHT IN PERSON NOW!!!
THERE ARE 2 SHOWS TODAY
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT
MARRIOTT CENTER FOR DANCE
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
330 S. 1500 E.
GENERAL ADMISSION $16
STUDENT TICKETS (WITH STUDENT ID) $10
NO REFUNDS. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE WRONG DATE OR TIME, YOU MAY SHOW UP IN PERSON TO EXCHANGE TICKETS,IF THERE ARE STILL TICKETS AVAILABLE.
WE ARE RAFFLING AWAY GIFT BASKETS!
$1.00 RAFFLE TICKET
2:30PM SHOW RAFFLE BASKET
JAZZ BASKETBALL, SIGNED BY PLAYERS, JAZZ SHOES SIGNED, UNDER ARMOUR GIFT CARD, STARBUCKS GIFT CARD, KID TO KID GIFT CARD.
7:30PM SHOW RAFFLE BASKET
KNEADERS GIFT BASKET!
Posted by United We Dance at 10:24 AM
Friday, February 21, 2014
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st 2014
FRIDAY TICKETS CAN NOW ONLY BE PURCHSAED
AT THE TICKET OFFICE
Saturday and Sunday tickets are still available to purchase on this site.
TICKET OFFICE WILL OPEN AT 6:30PM
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 7:00PM
Tickets are non-refundable. If you have purchased the wrong date or time, you will need to show up to the ticket office to exchange it for the correct date and time. This is only if tickets are available for the show you are wanting.
Posted by United We Dance at 1:37 PM
Saturday, February 15, 2014
JR. UNDERGROUND CREW
"Jr. Underground Crew was an idea my husband (Bobby Kuhn) and I both had. After our first show of Underground, we had several young dancers who loved what they saw and wanted to be a part of the experience. Since our intentions were to unite the Hip Hop scene, with the Studio Scene...what better way to do that by bringing all types of young dancers, from different studios and different trainings' together to share one love. We have dancers from all walks of life. A few dancers who strictly train with private teachers to develop their freestyle, like popping and/or hip hop. We then have dancers from several different studios such as Just Dance Studio, Synergy Dance Academy, Becky School of Dance, LA Dance Co. and Dance Crew (I could be missing some). The only requirement we ask of these dancers is that they are training out side of Jr. Underground. This program does not offer intense training, it is only taking what dancers are already working on and helping them utilize those talents in our show. We don't offer free lessons', we are simply giving current dancers an opportunity to perform in a professional show, and learn what its like to do lighting, tech rehearsals, and a more theatrical performance. Dancers need to be at an intermediate/advanced level when they audition. It has truly been a honor to work with these dancers and we are thankful for the support their parents bring."
Choreographers for the Jr. Undergound piece this season is Savinn Chhoun and Uly
What has been the best part about getting the opportunity to work with Jr. Underground?
"The best part about teaching jr underground...that's a tough one because I keep writing something and end up deleting it! Everything about jr underground is amazing! I appreciate the young talent that they bring to the table and that definitely inspires me to be a better dancer. I'm assuming most of jr underground comes from the studio world and to see them quickly adapt to something totally different is jaw dropping! Love y'all!"
"Knowing the talent only gets better and better, and having the next generation of dancers learn so quickly and get better, makes me more hungry to become a better dancer"
Uly and Savinn are 3rd season members and they are one of the hardest working, reliable and respectable dancers we have. They have grown immensely over the years. They are very creative and we can't wait to see what the future has in store for them.
Thank you Savinn and Uly for the extra time you put into the Jr. Underground piece!
Posted by United We Dance at 9:29 AM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
"The people who make this show happen......"
Take a closer look at the choreographers of the show as well as business partners of United We Dance! A special thank you to the business owners who have purchased Ad space in our program, for our upcoming show.
*If you are a business owner and interested in purchasing Ad space in our program, the deadline in Sunday, February 9th 2014. You can pay for the space, with the drop down box to the right. You must then, email an Ad to firstname.lastname@example.org . United We Dance, will send you an email with some documents for your record.
"Olivia Fullmer, has played a key role in making this dream come true. With her sponsorship of Herbalife, equally with United We Dance Funding, she has helped make each show a reality. Olivia is one of the most kind, fun-loving people that I know and we are so blessed to have her. Her ballet training is impeccable and our dancers our lucky to have her as a dance mentor as well as a nutrition inspiration."
Read Olivia's interview
What has been the greatest learning experience being on Underground?
"Opening up my mind more and being adaptable. I've had the privilege to know and work with people from so many different disciplines, cultures, and personalities and it has expanded my knowledge and my heart."
What has been your favorite part about this season?
"The people on Underground. Every single one of them throughout this whole season I absolutely love. The growth and energies is unique with each individual and my favorite thing is that I get to see it and be a part of it and it inspires me."
What is your message to the dance community?
"Acknowledge every dancer in our community no matter what style and what experience. If you take the time to expand your acknowledgments, it will not only influence yourself but imagine what kind of influence and inspiration you'd give that dancer. Live, Laugh, Dance, and Love!"
Don't stop reading......
There are more interviews with the fabulous choreographers' of "Off the Wall"
2nd Season member and Choreographer
"Diego, has been an inspiration to me. He can take one of my moves and turn it into gold! His creativity keeps me on my toes and reminds me that I need to continue to have new and fresh ideas. If you know him or have ever sat with him, he comes off quiet and observant. Which is exactly what contributes to his ability to be so creative. He is literally, sitting back, taking in his environment. Diego is a young dancer and has a great future ahead of him."
What has been your greatest lesson in life, thus far?
"That's a tough question! Life has a funny way of revealing which path is the right path to take. In the few years I've been able to experience life as an adult, I've learned that it's up to you as an individual to decide where you go on your journey to find yourself. The greatest life lesson I've had thus far is that no matter what, people will always try and tell you what you shouldn't and can't do. To some, it becomes discouraging and can lead you away from your path and your goals. For me, I've learned to use it as motivation to prove that I can in fact do what I choose and go whatever direction in life I want.. Because at the end of the day, it's your life and your journey; So make it something you want, not what someone else wants. Take that negative energy and make it into something positive and beautiful."
You are known for your edgy choreography, what keeps you so innovative?
"I seriously would love to know why my brain works the way it does! I get a little freaked out when I see some of the pieces and some of the choreography I've created over the years. It's hard to believe all that came from me. I get inspired and innovated from the reactions and feedback I hear from friends, family, and other dancers/choreographers. Also, thinking outside of the box is something I find to be incredibly challenging and I use that to start up my creativity. Having that mindset along with the feedback I receive has always been a big part of why I stay so fresh, quirky and on top of my A game."
What has been the biggest challenge as a male dancer in a society that sometimes judges men who do ballet, contemporary etc.
"I think one of the biggest challenge men face as dancers is the fear of being judged. I've had my fair share of people who have laughed at me or told me that dancing wasn't something a guy should do. It's hard, and can seriously take a blow on your self
-esteem. One thing I find to be helpful is to stay focused on your goals and the things you truly wish to achieve as well as surrounding yourself with a support group who respects you for who you are."
Tickets for our show are now on sale and going quick!!!!
Posted by United We Dance at 10:54 AM
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Meet Andrea Kuhn!
Owner, Director and Contemporary Coordinator of United We Dance, Underground Crew & Jr. Underground Crew.
Andrea and her husband, Bobby Kuhn started Underground Crew 3
years ago, as their way to unite all the styles of dance and create more opportunity for adult dancers.
Read Andrea's Interview (questions from Charly Northrup)
How did you come up with the idea "Off the Wall"?
The first season we did a show, we really had no "idea" so we focused on debuting ourselves, the different styles we were choosing to explore and debuting as a performing dance company. The second year, everyone was pretty set on having a story line/theme. Our second season was a huge success but we received a lot of feedback from non-dancers that they actually enjoyed shows that really had no story line. I think people enjoy a wild roller-coaster ride because it helps them escape. We wanted each piece to be unique and "Off the Wall". We felt we could bring that out of choreographers, by titling the show "Off the Wall".
What have been your goals this season?
I always have several goals, in different areas of the business but my main goal this year was to develop a high standard program, that brings out more than just talent in dancers but molds responsible, respectable and reliable adults. I've been given crap a lot within the adult community about how strict I am but the more time that I put in to this, I realize the importance of what we should actually be teaching these young adults. I want to not just help develop or add to what talent and knowledge these dancers already have but I want to help contribute to giving them life lessons that can benefit them. Everyone should be responsible, respectful and reliable. I'm sure not everyone intends to dance their entire life but they will always have to work and provide for them selves and those are three attributes you need to get through life.
What does the future hold for Underground?
That is a very loaded question. This entire program has been a huge adventure and there have been times where what came next was a surprise. We were hoping to get going more quickly than we originally did but everything worked out just how it was suppose to. This season of Underground has been a huge payoff in the sense that we are starting to see the results of our mission. This season has given me more motivation to work toward larger goals. After our show in February , we will be doing some traveling and we have a couple other things planned for this season but our supporters will have to continue to follow us and see what amazing things come. We will be here and we will be getting stronger every year.
Posted by United We Dance at 7:07 PM